Mr. YUM's Dan Dan Mian
Adapted from "[url href="" target="_blank"]Chings Midnight Dan Dan Mian Noodles[/url]."
  • 1 pound flat wide wheat-flour noodles ( udon)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated freshly peeled ginger root
  • 3 red Fresno chiles, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 9 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoshing rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon Chinkiang black rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • ¼ cup chili oil
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • ⅛ cup light soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • 3 red dried Chinese chili peppers
  • 2 large scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock, very hot
  1. First I started the wok on high heat until smoking, then added the peanut oil.
  2. I added the ginger(which cooks fast, be careful), chiles, and garlic.
  3. This you will stir-fry up for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the meat until browned, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. The sesame paste, soy sauce, rice wine, vinegar and peppercorns came next, and I cooked that until the pork started to crispen up.
  6. Add white pepper afterwards to taste.
  7. Cook noodles according to package directions. Al dente is best.
  8. Warm chicken stock.
  9. Mix the garnish ingredients in a small bow.
  10. To finish, add the noodles to a bowl, sprinkle with pork topping.
  11. Add garnish mixture to top and then add as much chicken stock as you would like in your bowl.
  12. Optional: Add some Sriracha
  13. You can also add extra toppings such as pinches of cilantro, parsley, scallions, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook's Note: Sesame paste can be substituted with an equal amount of tahini mixed with 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil.
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